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    by Published on 08-21-2012 10:29 PM

    Future shop is having a vip sale, Telus only. You can get an iPhone 4s 16gb or Galaxy s3 for $0 on a 3 yr, new activations ...
    by Published on 08-21-2012 02:54 PM
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    Hereís our Canadian back to school buyer's guide. Itís that time of year again, no more all day TV marathons or sleeping ...
    by Published on 08-17-2012 12:30 PM
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    To celebrate our over 2,500 Facebook fans, we're giving away an unlocked iPhone 4S! To enter please leave a comment on this post and if you use Facebook "like" the link to this post that appears on our Facebook page. Either one will give you an entry. Doing both will give you two chances to win.

    *Contest Rules: Contest is open to U.S. and Canada users who do not reside in Quebec. If a Canadian wins they must answer the skill testing question: What operating system is found on the Nexus 7? U.S. winner will be responsible for all taxes and customs. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Contest not open to HowardForums staff.

    Contest ends on Friday August 24 at 9:30 AM PDT. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced soon after.

    Good luck!

    P.S. If you don't win this time around we've got a couple more surprise giveaways coming real soon...

    ***Entries are now closed. The winner will be announced soon...***
    by Published on 08-16-2012 04:28 PM
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    A few key apps that I enjoy using on iOS have received updates today so let's get right in.

    Starbucks Canada
    nothing to crazy here, very small revision that brings "Performance Enhancements and bug fixes" which seems to be the standard maintenance release
    ...
    by Published on 08-16-2012 09:30 AM
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    I just got word that Bell customers will no longer be able to roam while they're visiting Iran. This is due to the Government of Canada's sanctions regarding Iran. So if you're going to Iran make sure you get a SIM card and forward your number.

    To conform to Government of Canada sanctions regarding Iran [Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA)], network roaming has been shut down in Iran as of August 13, 2012.
    Thanks tipster!

    Anyone going to Iran? ...
    by Published on 08-15-2012 07:49 PM
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    with the next iPhone just around the corner it looks like Apple is clearing out stock of the i Phone 4s. Telus is now selling ...
    by Published on 08-15-2012 03:51 PM

    If you can't wait for the next iPhone Bell is selling the iPhone 4s for $99.99 on a 3yr from now till Sept 7th.

    Thanks Tipster!

    Anyone getting one? ...
    by Published on 08-15-2012 03:31 PM

    Links: http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchan...-2012-8-14.pdf
    And here we have it! The official Q2 2012 as released by ORASCOM. It's really some good news!
    Leaked a little early, but they ended Q2 2012 with 456, 886! Looks like for once WIND isn't bloating the numbers through Tony and actually calling it as it is. And that's a good thing, we can now cautiously stop second guessing things.

    ARPU dropped to $27.30 for WIND mobile in Q2 2012. ...
    by Published on 08-13-2012 01:06 PM
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    One of the great things about technology is that most high end features end up filtering down to more affordable price points. Sometimes it happens quicker than you think.

    Just over 18 or so month ago the fastest processor you could find on most Android phones were 2nd gen Qualcomm Snapdragon chips with Scorpion cores running at 1Ghz. Their screen resolutions topped out at 800x480, came with around 512MB of RAM and most of them sported 5 megapixel cameras.

    Things move pretty quickly in the Android space! All that technology has filtered down and now we have the HTC One V.
    ...
    by Published on 08-10-2012 06:21 PM
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    Trevor M just finished up our Back to school guide written from his teacher's perspective:

    Every parentís dream, every studentís nightmare; itís time to start thinking about going back to school. But letís forget about pencils, notebooks and Kleenex boxes for a bit and focus on whatís truly important: cell phones! This is your back to school guide...HoFo style.

    Phones


    Can You Hear Me Now?

    If your school is anything like mine, itís a windowless, cement shrine whose sole purpose (other than to educate the future leaders of the world, duh) is to destroy any amount of cell phone reception attempting to enter the premises. Never before have I seen people go to such lengths in an attempt to send a text message. Students (and teachers) crowd around the few windows we do have, usually on the second floor to boost their already insignificant chance to get a signal, simply so they can do something that the Handbook specifically tells them not to do: use their phone during school hours.

    I actually think the construction of our building is a conspiracy. Let me explain. You see, the places that have the most windows happen to be the entryways to the school. Those areas also just happen to be where we have surveillance cameras installed. Putting two and two together (I am a math teacher after all), the administrators now have a net of sorts to catch all the students attempting to use their phones in close proximity to the windows. Smile, youíre on camera! ...
    by Published on 08-08-2012 09:50 AM
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    This morning I've woke up to a lot of great information with in WIND. First off there is another "resignation"-cough- at WIND that will immensely be beneficial to the Retail Level. It's not a known name around here, but it's a good thing he's gone from the role so the retail teams can be better supported, by a true leader who has industry insight and knowledge. The previous guy's been there since launch and probably responsible for most of the worst hirings.

    Next on to the good stuff, the Q2 update.

    Okay guys, here's the scoop from WIND this morning.

    457,000 Customers
    A net add on of 42,000 added in Q2.
    28,000 Post paid.
    20,000 Galaxy S III's sold from WIND.
    (don't know why this point is impressive but it is, wonder what the other 8000 postpaid devices were )
    461 Points of Distribution (Goal is to have 1000)

    In the last 6 months they added an additional 1200 network sites. (okay..)
    ...
    by Published on 08-07-2012 11:11 AM
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    Hereís the Huawei Ascend P1 (U9200). Hua-what you say? Look at the logo. No, WordIRC, itís not an NBC phone. Cue the NBC chime ďHu-wa-weiĒ.



    If youíve never heard of Huawei theyíre actually a huge player on the network infrastructure side. However, on the handset side theyíre mostly known for making cheap entry level phones. Given Huaweiís size and ambition itís only natural that they're ready to move up the ladder starting with the $400 Huawei Ascend P1.

    Huawei is splitting their offerings into 4 different lines. Diamond, Platinum, Gold (letís hope they donít sponsor the Olympics) and Youth. The P1 represents their platinum line so itís aimed at the upper end of the market but not the very top. Iím thinking phones like the HTC One S, Motorola RAZR and Sony Xperia S.
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    by Published on 08-06-2012 04:10 PM
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    Has anyone the privilege of participating in the beta program? Can you if your YouTube app is now removed too? It appears to no longer be there on my installation on both iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

    Looks like we're going to have rely on an official app from Google in the near future... which is fine by me, but Apple just started incorporating the share features in iOS 6 that were once missing.

    If you discover any other new features or missing old ones, share them here.

    ...
    by Published on 08-02-2012 04:48 PM
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    With the exception of the Xperia x10, Sony hasnít really released any phones in the past 2 years that were really aimed at the high end of the market. The Arc and Xperia S were both upper-midrange phones while the rest of Sonyís portfolio (Ray, Pro, Play) where aimed at the middle of the market.

    The Sony Xperia ION marks Sonyís return to the higher end of the market. Probably the best thing about the ION is itís metal unibody. Itís a huge step up from everything else Sony has released in the past 2 years. Itís very solid plus it looks and feels great. ...
    by Published on 07-31-2012 12:40 AM
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    Just got a tip that Bell's HSPA is launching in Manitoba August 1st.

    The roll-out will happen in 2 phases: Phase 1 will include Winnipeg, Oakbank, Stonewall, Selkirk, Steinbach and cover 69% of the Manitoba market while phase 2 will include Brandon and Portage La Prairie and increase the coverage to 74%.



    The coverage will be different from what you get on CDMA plus you can't fall back onto CDMA if you're on HSPA so you won't be able to get any calls/data/SMS when you leave the coverage area.

    Thanks tipster!

    ...
    by Published on 07-28-2012 04:28 PM
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    If youíre looking for an mid-range, entry level Android phone there is no shortage of choices. HTC has the aluminum bodied One V, Sony has the dual core Xperia U, Motorola has MOTOLUX and now we have the LG Optimus L7. What sets the L7 apart is its large 4.3Ē display and itís larger-than-average 1700mAh battery.

    When I first saw the L7 I was surprised because it doesnít look like an entry level phone. Last yearís Optimus LTE was a very high-spec phone that didnít look very special. The L7 has a very detailed power button plus thereís a nice metallic finish around the camera. The back has an interesting dimpled pattern while the sides has a stylish chromed look. ...
    by Published on 07-27-2012 04:06 PM
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    Now Windows Phone has been around for about 2 years now but in that time it hasnít done very well. One of reasons why it hasnít been successful is because Microsoftís hardware specifications donít allow for entry level phones.

    Recently, Microsoft made some changes to Windows Phone code named Tango and relaxed their specifications. Now we have the Nokia 610.

    The first thing that struck me about the 610 is that itís kind of thick and heavy. In my hand itís a pretty solid phone. ...
    by Published on 07-27-2012 02:23 PM
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    While Android tablets have been around for 2 years now, none has really been able to capture consumerís interest. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets a lot of media coverage but itís usually for the wrong reasons. The Asus Transformer Prime was an anticipated device but it was priced too high to generate much interest outside of early adopters. Really, while people are buying Android tablets, it often feels like the platform has no momentum. It feels like the only reason a regular person would buy an Android tablet is because itís cheaper than an iPad.

    Itís quite different from the phone side where Samsungís Galaxy line has become a poster child for Androidís success.

    What Android really needs is tablet to help it stand out. Android needs a hero device thatís cheap, and has wide appeal, to help give the Android tablet ecosystem a much needed, kick-in-the-pants.

    The most interesting thing about the Nexus 7 is that the 8GB model is $199 (the 16GB model is $259 CAN) which includes a $25 credit to the Google Play store. While $199 tablets are nothing new (Blackberry Playbook, Kindle Fire, etc) what makes the Nexus 7 special is its hardware. Itís a substantial step-up. Not only does it ship with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, but it also has a higher resolution 7Ē 1280x800 IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 4325mAh battery and either 8 or 16GB of storage. Aside from the lack of a rear facing camera, missing microSDHC slot, and maybe an IR blaster, on paper, the Nexus 7 doesnít make any hardware compromises. ...
    by Published on 07-23-2012 03:38 PM
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    Just got word that a new LTE Playbook is launching on July 31st for $549.99 on Bell (no discount on a 3yr).

    It has 1.5Ghz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB of storage and a 7" 1024x600 display.

    Here are the specs:

    • 1.5Ghz dual core processor
    • 1GB RAM
    • LTE, HSPA+
    • 32GB storage
    • 5MP rear camera, 3MP front
    • 7" 1024x600 display
    • Bluetooth 2.1
    • WiFi 802.11abgn
    • 130x193x9.7mm
    • 425g
    • 4800mAh
    • micro HDMI


    Size-wise the LTE Playbook has the same dimensions and weight as the original Playbook but the battery is slightly smaller (4800mAh vs 5400).

    Anyone thinking of getting one? The specs look good but I'd like to see a 1280x800 display like the Nexus 7 has.

    Thanks Tipster! ...
    by Published on 07-20-2012 02:38 PM

    Just got word that one our oldest HoFo advertisers Clarivue just redesigned their website and is giving away a bunch of screen protectors! If you miss out on the free screen protectors they also have a 25% coupon just for you guys!:

    To celebrate our newly redesigned website, Clarivue would like to share 100 x Free screen protectors and a 25% off coupon with HowardForum members. We are offering 50 x Apple iPhone 4/4S Ultra-Clear or Anti-Glare screen protectors starting from July 17 and 50 x Samsung Galaxy S III Ultra-Clear screen protectors starting from July 24, 2012. Don't worry if you can't get the free screen protectors, we are also offering a 25% off coupon code for all Clarivue screen protectors. Don't forget to like us on facebook!

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